MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg professor Raffy R. Luquis was named to the 2022 POWER 100 Who’s Who in Latino Pennsylvania list, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Latino Convention.
The list represents diverse individuals from around the state and across an array of industries and professions. The recognition is intended to immortalize Latino legacy and contributions to the social, cultural and professional fabric of the state.
"I feel humble, proud and honored to be included in the POWER 100 Who’s Who in Latino Pennsylvania. The list represents a diverse group of individuals making valuable contributions to the Commonwealth, (and) I never imagined I would be one of them,” said Luquis, professor of biobehavioral health in the college’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. “I would like to thank the PA Latino Convention for including me among others in the Education/Research/Academia category as it highlights my accomplishments during my career. Receiving this honor also motivates me to continue to have an impact on the lives of others, especially among those in the Hispanic/Latino community."
Luquis has a broad background in health education and health promotion. His primary research and teaching interests include cultural competency and multicultural health, public health education and health promotion.
Luquis has conducted research to assess health issues affecting the Latino/Hispanic population, cultural competency among health professionals, health promotion practices among primary care providers, and health behaviors among young adults.
Those named to the list were honored at a PA Latino Convention event held in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Sept. 30. The organization plans to publish a compendium of stories of the individuals named to the list and have the publication reach schools and libraries around the state.
“We are blessed with the limitless amount of Latino talents in Pennsylvania. The women and men we are recognizing truly and undoubtedly represent the good, kind and the promise of our community. In a process not driven by politics, we present this year’s POWER 100 with humility and pride driven by the hope to inspire young Latinos and children with the stories of individuals who look like them, sound like them and come from their neighborhoods and communities,” Norman Bristol Colón, chairman of the Pennsylvania Latino Convention, said in a news release.